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Lorie McClory

January 5, 2009

Cross lighting

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit on Jan. 9 in memory of Ella Reney.


Get your sticker NOW!

Transfer station stickers were not mailed this year, so you need to pick up your 2009 sticker at Town Hall as soon as possible. Beginning Feb. 1, anyone without a current sticker will not be admitted to the transfer station... no exceptions! 


Congratulations, Mrs. Bailey

Grantham Village School Food Service Specialist Debra Bailey achieved third place in  the New England Dairy & Food Council 2008 Expanding Breakfast Award Program.  Applications from all over New England were evaluated, and Grantham Village School  was selected for its outstanding healthy breakfast program. In recognition for creative and innovative efforts to bring school breakfast to students, GVS received an award of $1,000.


Town now has skating rink

The new skating rink on the tennis court at the town park on Shedd Road is open. Watch for flyers around town with information about Saturday theme skating and sledding  events. Anyone interested in helping maintain the ice should call Laurie Field at 863-9143.

People can also skate at the pond at The Center at Eastman, where lights are available for evening skating. Skate rentals are also available.


Grantham's Lucky Charms

4-H has arrived in Grantham, with 20 members between the ages of 7 and14. "The Lucky Charms" meet every two weeks. If you would like to join, or have a skill, hobby or interest you would like to share with the club, contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or


DFL programs and delivery service

Weekly Storytimes begin again on Jan. 7 and 8. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. are for babies and toddlers with an adult; Thursdays at 10 a.m. are for preschool-aged children with an adult. Storytimes will run through May 14, with breaks the weeks of Feb. 16 and April 20.

On Jan. 15, don't miss a presentation on numerology by Catherine Gibson, a numerologist and tarot consultant, at the library. The program, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library, begins at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Call 863-2172 for more details.

For those who are homebound, Dunbar Free Library offers book delivery service. Just call the library and let them know what you want. There is a program through the state for free mail delivery as well, and a new program allowing handicapped individuals free downloadable audiobooks. Call DFL for more information, 863-2172.

To receive announcements of programs and new books via e-mail, send a request to


"Mooseman" speaks

Rick "Mooseman" Libbey of Andover will present his slide show, "Moose Man Nature Photos" at The Center at Eastman at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Libbey, a photographer and author, takes marvelous images of moose in the Alagash wilderness and tells stories that are interesting and educational. The program is free and open to the public. 

Farmers' Market continues

I know how much Granthamites love farmers' markets, so I have to tell you that the Lebanon United Methodist Church hosts a monthly farmers market all winter. The next one is on Jan. 17 (also Feb. 21 and March 21) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go check it out!


Register to run

The filing period of town (and school) officials begins Jan. 21 and closes Jan. 30. The following positions will be open in the town: Selectman - 3 years; Planning Board - 3 years (2 positions open); Trustee of Dunbar Free Library - 3 years (2 positions open); Trustee of Trust Funds - 3 years; Cemetery Trustee - 3 years.

Applications are available at the Town Clerk's office 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Friday, and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

The office will be open for last-minute filings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30.

The Grantham Town Meeting and election for town (and school) officers will be on March 10. Look here next week for information on what school district seats are up for election, where to file and when the school meeting will be. 


See Pippin's work

Grantham artist JoAnn Pippin has an exhibit of her New England landscapes and close-ups of nature at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital, Doctors Building, 3rd Floor Clinic, through the end of February. To see samples of her work, visit


Kearsarge Magazine audit complete

For the second year in a row, Kearsarge Magazine has been audited by the Circulation Verification Council (CVC), an independent, third-party reporting audit company. All aspects of Kearsarge Magazine's circulation were verified. The audit also included a reader survey, which found paid distribution increased from 29 percent in 2007 to 47 percent in 2008; 79 percent of readers purchase products or services from ads seen in Kearsarge Magazine; and 65 percent keep Kearsarge Magazine for a month or more. 

The quarterly Kearsarge Magazine, produced by Grantham's own Laura Jean Whitcomb, covers happenings and people in 15 towns in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area, including Grantham. It has won awards for both design and editorial content. More information at



  • Write to Ramsay Mellish care of Cakwaya, Augustine; PO Box 2715; Kigali, Rwanda; Africa.

  • Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

  • Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.

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